Distinctly Human

The when, where & how of life's beginnings

Ever since President George W. Bush announced his decision regarding federal funding of research on human embryonic stem cells last year, newspapers worldwide have reported on various issues surrounding such research. Many people are confused about the status of the embryo. Is it a human being? Is it a person? Is it "one of us"? These are questions not only of biology but also of philosophy.

From experience, all know that a...

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About the Author

John Collins Harvey, M.D., is professor of medicine, emeritus, at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.